Surface Mount Soldering 101

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9 min. overview video demonstrating Surface Mount Soldering with inexpensive equipment. Includes soldering of a 603 resistor, PLCC, 44 pin QFP, 208 pin fine-pitch QFP, desoldering using hot air and ChipQuik®, and prototyping with SchmartBoards®.


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Dec 22 2007, admin said:

feedback and corrections are appreciated.

Dec 27 2007, anonymous said:

Great video!

Dec 29 2007, anonymous said:

The best video I’ve seen so far. I prefer to tack the chip, resistor,
capacitor ect. using only the tin on the pad.(Works only on pre-tinned boards) I hope you’ll fill up with more content soon . Good luck!

Jan 07 2008, anonymous said:

Great Explanation of this smallest components, i like it.

Jan 08 2008, anonymous said:

Fantastic work! More good communicators like yourself are needed in electronics.

Jan 08 2008, anonymous said:

Excellent narration, excellent framing, excellent lighting … excellent vid. Thanx!

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Best SMT vid I’ve ever seen!

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Awesome video :) Great job !

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Just my 2ct, but I soon will have to learn soldering SMD (thx for this GREAT tutorial), and rather than buying protoboard (or in addition to buying them), I will scavenger a fem old routers and mother board, and play desoldering / resoldering some parts on them.


Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Thank you!

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Very good vid. Only recommendation to soldering/desoldering chips is to not solder consecutive leads. This can lead to overheating and damaging the chip. Whenever possible stagger pins and sides of the chip to allow heat to dissipate rather than continue to build.

Jan 09 2008, scott (admin) said:

Thanks to all.

Re: soldering consecutive pins:

Good point, this is a precaution that wasn’t emphasized in the video. I will say, however, that I’ve been told drag soldering is the most popular technique used in industry, and it definitely requires soldering adjacent pins. Also, chips are oftentimes soldered by dunking the entire package in a vat of molten solder (wave soldering). The vats of solder are lower in temperature than hand irons, though. How careful you need to be certainly depends on the chip and iron temp, but staggering when possible is great advice.

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

Such use full web content is appreciated and deserves a thank you.
Thank you

Jan 09 2008, anonymous said:

excellent work this has to be the best yet nice one!

Jan 10 2008, anonymous said:

A very great job : sharp images, clear voice and very instructive.
Thanx for sharing this

Jan 10 2008, anonymous said:

Excellent ! Can I download this video?

Jan 10 2008, anonymous said:

This sucks, not everyone has flash. :(

Jan 11 2008, anonymous said:

This is very interesting. I have done a lot of SMT soldering but this shows me a better way. Unfortunately, it is hard to watch as my download speed is slower than the playback :( A way to save it would be really good so I can watch better. Replay reloads it again, not playing it from a buffer.

Jan 11 2008, scott (admin) said:

quality’s not as good, but you might have better luck watching it on youtube

Jan 16 2008, anonymous said:

Excellent !

Jan 21 2008, anonymous said:

its called SOLDEr not “SODDER” as the lazy american narrator keeps saying

Jan 22 2008, anonymous said:

solder \’sä-dər\ == American pronunciation != British anachronism
see also → aluminum

Feb 18 2008, anonymous said:

What temperature is the soldring iron being used in this video, anyone know?

Feb 18 2008, scott (admin) said:

a variety of temperatures were used, from 600-670 degrees F, although most of the video was shot at around 640. With lead-free you’ll probably want an iron somewhere around 700-750 degrees F.

Mar 16 2008, anonymous said:

Awesome video and excellent quality. Thank you for taking the time to make it detailed and understandable. Gives me a little more confidence soldering/desoldering chips as a beginner.

Mar 16 2008, anonymous said:

I couldn’t keep watching..the poor pronunciation of SOLder annoyed me too much!

Mar 17 2008, scott (admin) said:

Our company is based in the US, so we use the American pronunciation:

Apr 12 2008, anonymous said:

Awesome video!!! Thanks

Apr 26 2008, anonymous said:

Thanks for the very useful video! Great technique and well explained. No thanks to the provincial pronunciation fascists who can’t handle variation in language.

May 20 2008, anonymous said:

Thank you very much for this very useful and practical information!

Jun 15 2008, Joe (unregistered) said:

Great video, I’m really excited to try some of those techniques.

Jul 07 2008, Leaded Larry (unregistered) said:

Excellent video. What formulation of solder would you recommend?

Jul 08 2008, scott (admin) said:

The main choices to make when choosing solder are the metal content (formulation?), flux and manufacturer. If you don’t mind using lead-based solder (easier than lead-free), 63/37 with a mild flux is probably the best choice. It’s my understanding (please correct if wrong!) that the entire industry switched from 60/40 to 63/37 (extra tin costs more) a decade or so ago due to improved performance in mass SMT soldering. I haven’t noticed any significant difference in through-hole soldering, although many others claim differently. If you drill down in our basic soldering guide , there’s a lot more information. We sell Kester brand solder, and haven’t done any sort of scientific testing, but tend to believe their flux does a slightly better job. On the other hand, just about any solder will probably do the job—I used RadioShack for years… there’s a lot to say, our soldering forum would probably be a better spot for more questions.

One more thing, as explained in our soldering basics , I don’t think silver-bearing (containing) solder is significantly stronger or has significantly higher conductivity.

And finally, I’d avoid water-soluble solder (this means the flux is water soluble) since the flux residues must be cleaned afterwords to prevent corrosion. Some metals and older parts will require the more aggressive flux, though.

Aug 19 2008, Ali (unregistered) said:

Thank you so very much! Excellent guides and video quality. I am so glad to have found your site.

Aug 29 2008, Nick (unregistered) said:

Very professional and high quality, and informative video. Much appreciated!

Oct 16 2008, Emrah (unregistered) said:

Thanks for the great and helpful video. People who criticize the accent need to get a life ;)

Jan 16 2009, Dan (unregistered) said:

This video is well produced and of high quality. I now feel confident enough to reattach a surface mount resistor i knocked off my motherboard during cpu fan installation (and i know what to call it!). naturally i want to do the repair myself to save the expense of a new board. thanks for the video!

Apr 04 2009, Pal (unregistered) said:

Very professional and informative video. Thanks and keep it coming!

Jun 27 2009, Steve W5ZA (unregistered) said:

Without a doubt, the finest soldering video I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a number of them. Great quality narration, video, and choice of subjects. It’s good to view a number of different sources, but your choice of material and compilation is terrific and your presentation and media quality the best I’ve seen-thanks. I’ll steer my friends your way- oh, thanks also for the blazing fast delivery of my order. I didn’t expect to have it to work with this soon!

Aug 02 2009, aquavion (unregistered) said:

Great video, extremely well executed and very informative!!

Nov 20 2009, Phill Thorne (unregistered) said:

Yes, excellent and professional with good personal opinions and explainations why. Thank you.

19 days ago, Tony VE3DWI / K8DWI (unregistered) said:

The best and very clear executed video I have seen in a long time. It definitely helped me becoming more confident in tackling my first SMT project..
Thanks a million.